Member of the Pakistani Dominican Province to Deliver Keynote Address and Aquinas Convocation



COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University will welcome Fr. Chrys McVey, O.P., as the keynote speaker for the annual Convocation in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, January 22, 2009.  McVey’s address is entitled “Dominican Values: Alive to the Real and the Possible.”

During the past several years he has lived in Rome as Socius for Apostolic Life to the Master of the Dominican Order.  His interest is interreligious dialogue and its implications on Christian theology and practice.

The convocation begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre on the second floor of Erskine Hall on Ohio Dominican’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. The event is open to the public, however registration is required. Immediately following the lecture, there will be a Eucharistic celebration in Christ the King Chapel, located in Sansbury Hall where McVey will celebrate Mass. To register, please call Sr. Catherine Colby (Director of ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies) at 614-251-4722 or email

The convocation is sponsored by ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies and the Division of Theology, Arts and Ideas in honor of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, observed on January 28.

In 1911, the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs established the college in the tradition of Dominic de Guzman, who established their Order, the “Order of Preachers.” One of the most well-known Dominicans was Tommaso de Aquino. Aquinas, who died at the age of 49, taught, preached, and wrote over 90 works. In these, he discusses the mystery of God, creation, and our own meaning. In celebrating Thomas Aquinas, ODU celebrates its own origins as a Dominican community of higher learning.

The Center for Dominican Studies serves as a resource for those interested in learning more about Dominican education, the Dominican charism, the history of Ohio Dominican University and its mission and values. To fulfill its mission, the Center sponsors and hosts a variety of programs and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public.